Dubai carefully curates its image to the western world.
And it works: When we think of the United Arab Emirates city we think of glitz, gold and the Burj Khalifa.
Dubai markets itself as a wonderful travel destination. A Gulf city tolerant of Western lifestyles, with a shiny new anti-discrimination law to show off its inclusiveness.
Mamamia’s newest podcast The Quicky spoke to Detained in Dubai CEO Radha Stirling, who was on the phone to Princess Latifa the night she was captured. Post continues below.
But if you chip away at this shiny exterior, Dubai’s hypocrisy starts to show.
Dubai is a really dangerous place for women.
The story of Dubai’s Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum II, the daughter of Dubai ruler and UAE Prime Minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is the side of Dubai the Emirate doesn’t want Westerners to see.
Princess Latifa’s life and the lives of her 30 siblings, particularly her sisters, is far from the privileged life we imagine royals to lead. Oppression, imprisonment, torture.
Princess Latifa escaped from her homeland in March 2018 but less than a week later she was seized by armed men from a yacht off the coast of India, destroying her escape plan and crushing all hope for freedom.
Her family officially denied she fled ill-treatment and instead said she was kidnapped, but what they didn't realise was before she was seized and sent back home, the Princess had released a 39-minute, tell-all video.